Eastern Herman Tortoise Hatchlings (Testudo hermanni boettgeri)
RESTRICTED STATE: HI
Size: Generally reaches 4 to 8 inches.
Enclosure: Best kept outdoors in an enclosure that they cannot escape from. As hatchlings, they should be kept in a 2x3 enclosure with a top to be safe from predators. Increase the size as they grow.***Bigger is always better***
Diet: Always want to eat and rarely turn down a meal. The best stable diet is grasses and leaves. As hatchlings they eat fresh greens such as romaine lettuce, dandelion, collard greens, kale, turnip greens, and any of the darker lettuce types. Mazuri tortoise diet is offered occasionally as well to help supplement any nutrition they are lacking.
Water: Small water dishes should be placed in the enclosure. As hatchlings, they should be soaked in a shallow bowl of water, twice a week for about 15 to 30 minutes to be fully hydrated.
Handling: Tortoises generally should not be handled with any regularity. They are easily stresses when over handled. These stress issues can lead to a decline in health and activity levels.